Optimism is the foundation of courage.
optimism hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something.
courage the ability to do something that frightens one, strength.
foundation an underlying basis or principle for something
you used to refer to the greatest entities that walk the Earth, also known as you.
I imagine some of you staring at your screen wondering why I provided you with such basic (and factual, with the exception of you) definitions for words so commonly used in the English language. I believe over time terms lose their original meaning and/or value. So, the reason that they are there is to remind you not just what they mean, but what is naturally apart of you. Confidence and hope (also referred to as optimism) are two emotions that can burry themselves deep in the hearts of the people, overlaid with a cement block created by society, and seemingly eternally sealed. Some of what we see becomes too real, and we forget that most of it is fictional. It bares such a heavy weight on our soul that our once optimistic views shift drastically to pessimism. As you know, negative thinking is poisonous to the psyche, yet it remains a default. Eventually, you’re always preparing for the worst. I lightly touched on this in my last blog (yes, I know…eons ago), and I wanted to reiterate a few things. Please understand that these are just my views and opinions and my intention is never to impose them on you or for you to take them as verity. I write for all of us to lead us into a solution for what we all face. Now, let’s iron a few things out.
We know that optimism comes down to the individual. Therefore, each of us have a responsibility to ourselves to wake up and decide to be confident and pursue what makes us happy. The better we treat ourselves and those around us, the more beautiful our world can be. That viewpoint will direct us to a more hopeful state of mind and/or vision. If it helps, I have a challenge for us all. Each night, or every other night, write down three things you’re grateful for, followed by three things you’d like to work on (either short term or long term, but be kind to yourself in choosing). After 30 days of this, go back and write your progress/results for those mini-projects your created for yourself. Note: Do not make deadlines. Remember this is about self-appreciation, not beating any personal goals. To appreciate life and see the potential in it, you have to acknowledge the potential in yourself and appreciate you for you. Do not beat yourself up about any of the things you feel remain unaccomplished, and instead look at what you did do.
For some of you, your issue with optimism lies in a career choice. Well, that’s where courage comes in. Fear is always going to be present because there is a chance that no one else around you has done what you wish to. For that reason, it is in your best interest to avoid negative thinkers because they will hurt the positive images you’ve created. Share your enthusiasm with someone who values you and respects your dream. Someone who will motivate you and help you maintain balance. They will, to some degree, become your foundation, and from there you will continue to build. The most rewarding “endings” take the longest time to achieve, and as much as it may deter you from following your dreams…you have to trust yourself and accept that it won’t happen instantly.
You are great. You are courageous. You are strong. You are strong. Yes, I said it two times. You are strong. Optimism and courage work together, just as much as strength and effort. You will get out what you put in. That isn’t just some old saying. It has centuries of human error and success to back it up. The greatest minds have been drowned out by a phony standard built by a corrupt world. So many exquisite people doubt their greatness, their vigor, their drive, but you…you know you have it. So, please do not deny yourself triumph you know would “make your life”! Do not allow yourself to believe in the fatalistic, don’t get overwhelmed by what you deem realistic, just conquer the ways of the pessimistic.